I found these in my garage on the weekend.
Someone has lovingly put these together out of fence palings I think but I have no idea who. In my push to de clutter everywhere including the garage I almost threw them into the recycling but they have been made in such a perfect pot plant shape and the wood – just treated pine I think – but so nicely weathered that I just couldn’t. The thing is I have absolutely no idea where they came from ? My only thought is I may have picked them up from the side of the road as I do with things sometimes but even that’s not ringing a bell – they would have been in my garage over 12 months now though so I got them out to either do something with them or send them on to another lover of old things cleverer than me.
From their shape they just look like they should have a plant poking through the top – so I started thinking about some sort of simple hanging planter with a big emphasis on simple. I ended up finding some wire netting left over from some animal enclosure project no doubt and cut it roughly to shape with scissors as no tin snips to be found. I laid it over the back and nailed it in place and only hit my finger once with the hammer.
Thinking none of it would be seen I wasn’t too careful with my nailing or with the finish but as it came together I thought it might be nice if the wire basket side faced out. The next thing was something to stop the potting mix falling straight through the wire – I tried some hessian but didn’t like it so I pulled some fibre from the trunk of our palm tree in the front yard. I’ve used this before in pot plants – its thickish and strong and stretchy – – so I lined the basket, filled it with potting mix and went looking for something to go in it. I ended up just just taking some seedlings and a few pieces of succulent from the garden and watered them in. Hoping they will settle in, take root and be lush and happy in a few weeks time. To finish I screwed in metal eyelets each side and tied on thick twine to hang it.
This is how it looks now hanging on the garden fence after watering.
This is it with the “right” side facing front.
I think I like it better this way.
I thought I could also add some little pieces of succulent in through the netting at the front to make it more three dimensional but haven’t got that far yet.
Finding old stuff I can make things out of – works for me. Succulents that don’t mind being broken off and stuck into dirt elsewhere works for me too.
Found anything interesting in your garage?
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